Course Detail

195:267: Latino Literature: Puerto Rican Literature

This course will offer a panoramic view of Puerto Rican literature beginning with the Grito de Lares in 1868 and ending with 21st-century contemporary literature from the island. Among the periods or subjects discussed will be the different anti-colonial and nationalist movements (Ramón Emeterio Betances, Pedro Albizu Campos), Afroantillean poetry (Luis Palés Matos), the Generation of the 1930s and the dissenting voices within it (Pedreira, Marqués, Julia de Burgos), the Nuyorican diaspora (Pietri, Piri Thomas), the critique of the paternalistic nationalist canon by the Generation of the 70s (García Ramis, Ramos Otero, Rosario Ferré), and recent contemporary writers (Pedro Cabiya). Credit not given for both this course and 01:940:331, 332. Course Cross-listing: 595:266

Required Books:
Luis Rafael Sánchez, Macho Camacho’s Beat (La guaracha del Macho Camacho) Trad. Gregory
Rabassa [ISBN-10: 1564782581; ISBN-13: 978-1564782588]
Rosario Ferré, The House on the Lagoon [ISBN-10: 0452277078; ISBN-13: 978-0452277076]
Pedro Cabiya, Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel (Malas Hierbas) [ISBN 10: 1942134118; ISBN-
13: 978-1942134114]
Film: “La operación/ The Operation”
Consult Rutgers Barnes & Noble for current books for the course. Additional articles and resources are available electronically through the course Sakai site.

Participation: 15%
Oral Presentation: 15%
Pop quizzes: 10%
Two Essays: 40%
Final Essay: 20%